Mekong Delta hotels in Vietnam that are suitable for most tourists are primarily located in the larger cities of the region. Chief among these are the cities of Vung Tau on the South China Sea to the south of Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho located in the geographical center of the Mekong Delta. Mekong Delta lodging in Vung Tau offers a wide variety to suit most tastes and budgets. They range from budget hotels and modest guest houses to extensive beach resorts strung along the beautiful beaches of the region. This is one of the most rapidly developing areas of the country, and new choices of accommodation are being added all the time. This resort area can be reached by road or boat from Ho Chi Minh City, and is close enough for a day excursion.
Looking for hotels near the Mekong River in Vietnam means looking on one of the nine channels into which the mighty river splits beginning at the border inside Cambodia. These are the channels that give the region its name of Cuu Long, meaning Nine Dragon Delta. In addition to these nine primary channels, there are scores of man-made canals and waterways that irrigate the rich agricultural area known as Vietnam's rice basket. The larger cities visited by tourists provide most of the hotels near the Mekong River in Vietnam as they are often trade and market crossroads down which hundreds of tons of cargo makes its way to other parts of the country. Cargo ships are joined by many passenger ships that offer Mekong River cruises throughout the Delta and into the other countries through which the river flows, which include the Mekong River in Cambodia, the Mekong River in Thailand, the Mekong River in Laos, and sometimes even Myanmar (formerly Burma).
Victoria Can Tho Resort
Victoria Can Tho Resort
The chief tourist city with the widest variety of Mekong Delta hotels is Can Tho, located a little more than 100 miles to the west of Ho Chi Minh City. There is a highway and bridge that makes driving here very convenient, and Mekong Delta lodging available ranges from good two- and three-star hotels like the Ninh Kieu to the deluxe four-star Victoria Spa and Resort (pictured). The former is a reasonably priced three-star property with swimming pool, tennis court, and massage services. The latter is the city's only true luxury hotels, and is set in lush exotic gardens on the banks of the Hua River. It offers a number of facilities, including a full-service spa, fitness center, swimming pool, and tennis courts. Additionally, the property owns a converted rice barge, which sails on sightseeing sunrise and sunset cruises. Both are located in the main downtown area with views of the river.
Other Mekong Delta hotels in Can Tho include budget bed and breakfasts such as the Hien Guesthouse. These guesthouses offer safe, clean, and modest accommodations in a central area and are excellent for young people traveling on their own. These are basic, but clean and safe, offering rooms with private bathrooms and usually a common room. Oftentimes, breakfast in included in the price of the room. These small guesthouses are typical of the region, and serve as the country's answer to the youth hostel.
Victoria Chau Doc Hotel and Spa
A bit further north of Can Tho, you will find river beach resorts, including the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel and Spa, located on the banks of the Bassac River and offering many of the same facilities as its sister property in Can Tho. It also has a fleet of speedboats that ply the waters all the way to Phnom Penh. Mekong tours that include cycling or hiking often utilize Mekong Delta lodging that is more modest and in the guesthouse category. These are most often small family-run homes (sometimes without even a name) offering basic, but comfortable, accommodation. They also offer one of the best ways to experience authentic rural life and cultural interaction with the local people. Some vacation packages and tours will even include a home-hosted stay with a local family in their own home. Don't neglect the idyllic Mekong Delta region island of Phu Quoc when looking for accommodation. Try the luxurious five-star beachfront Grand Mercure La Veranda Resort, patterned after French colonial mansions and villas.
You will find that some hotels near the Mekong River in Vietnam are actually on the river. They are passenger ships that offer Mekong River cruises between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Most of these are small luxury ships accommodating only six to twenty or so passengers and offer world class cuisine, luxurious staterooms and suites, and perhaps even a full-service spa. There are also some more basic budget ships. Many visitors to the southern part of the country will travel to the Mekong Delta only on a day excursion from Ho Chi Minh, which is why there have historically been few hotels in the interior. This is changing as the tourism infrastructure of the country improves and more tourists discover the pleasures of the rural countryside.